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12:25 PM ET, July 22, 2009


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Bobby Jindal / Wall Street Journal:
How to Make Health-Care Reform Bipartisan  —  In Washington, it seems history always repeats itself.  That's what's happening now with health-care reform.  This is an unfortunate turn of events for Americans who are legitimately concerned about the skyrocketing cost of a basic human need.
The Hill:
Dems at odds on how to turn tide on health  —  House Democrats' drive to overhaul the nation's healthcare system sputtered Tuesday, fueling doubts that the complex legislation can be passed before lawmakers leave town for the August recess.  —  If Democrats in the lower chamber do not pass …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Health Care Fight, Defining Moment Nears for President  —  WASHINGTON — Six months into his administration, President Obama is at a pivotal moment.  He has pushed through a $787 billion economic stimulus package, bailed out Wall Street and, on Tuesday, managed to beat the defense industry in the Senate …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Blue Dogs get a deal on health costs  —  Moderate House Democrats and a key committee chairman emerged from a three-hour meeting at the White House on Tuesday with a tentative agreement to give an outside panel — rather than Congress — the power to make cuts to government-financed health care programs.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama White House breaks another promise to reject Bush secrecy  —  Well, at least it's bipartisan.  —  The still sort-of-new Barack Obama Democratic administration has again adopted another policy straight out of the administration of his much-criticized Republican predecessor, George W. Bush.
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama's top 5 PR tricks
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Lady Gaga Strategy  —  CNN tells us about the latest GOP youth initiative, white dudes whining about taxes over Lady Gaga's beats: … What's interesting about this particular youth outreach angle is how detached it is from any actual opinions held by young people.  From David Madland and Ruy Teixeira:
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN, Ezra Klein and Reason
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
GOP's new youth ambassador: Lady Gaga?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Politics may make for strange bedfellows — but even for this town, this may be the oddest couple to ever make beautiful music together: House Republicans...and pop diva Lady Gaga.  —  At Tuesday morning's weekly GOP conference meeting …
National Journal Online:
Dems Start To Push Back Hard To Prevent A ‘Waterloo’  —  A telling episode recounted by Senate Finance ranking member Charles Grassley reveals the Obama administration might be more worried than they are letting on that a Republican senator's comparison of the healthcare overhaul to Waterloo might be dangerously close to the truth.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Obama's Ominous Implication: Euthanasia of the Elderly May Be Necessary  —  Gee, socialized medicine sounds great — don't you think so, grandma and grandpa? … In other words, faceless bureaucrats in Washington — not your family — will decide whether your grandparents live or die.
Senator: Democrats “baffled” by president's health care stance  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the prospects for passing health reform by the time Congress leaves for its August recess look bleaker, Democratic grumbling about President Obama is growing louder.  One Democratic senator tells CNN …
Dareh Gregorian / New York Post:
RATHER'S SUIT AGAINST CBS COMES BACK TO LIFE  —  If you believe Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS is close to finished, folks, you'll believe rocks can grow.  —  The anchor's $70 million lawsuit against his former employers got a new lease on life today when a Manhattan judge restored …
Bob Franken / Politics Daily:
Sarah Palin 2013: A Look Ahead  —  It is noon, Jan. 20, 2013.  Sarah Palin raises her right hand to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.  —  Palin had won a decisive victory over the incumbent, Barack Obama.  The country was still trapped in economic rubble …
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Health Insurance Lobby Cherry-Picks Data in Fight Against Public Plan  —  The industry that helped scuttle health reform 15 years ago with its “Harry and Louise” ads is back, voicing support for a central element of the Obama administration's plans: making sure everyone is covered.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Why did Obama meet with the CBO?  —  The relevant clip comes at the three-minute mark, where Viera challenges Obama on the CBO scoring of the health-care reform bills:  —  Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy … Why is this important?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Conrad: A thorn in Obama's side
About One in Six U.S. Adults Are Without Health Insurance  —  Highest uninsured rates among Hispanics, the young, and those with low incomes  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As congressional lawmakers debate healthcare reform legislation, partly aimed at expanding coverage to the uninsured …
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Arrogance  —  It's crazy for a group of mere mortals to try to design 15 percent of the U.S. economy.  It's even crazier to do it by August.  —  Yet that is what some members of Congress presume to do.  They intend, as the New York Times puts it, “to reinvent the nation's health care system”.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News: Surgeon General Too Fat  —  In what has to be among Fox News' all-time lowlights, Neil Cavuto had a segment a short while ago on whether the new surgeon general nominee, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, is “too fat” for the post.  Seriously.  In support of this argument …
Rasmussen Reports:
53% Now Oppose Congressional Health Care Reform  —  The health care reform legislation working its way through Congress has lost support over the past month.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% of U.S. voters are at least somewhat in favor of the reform effort while 53% are at least somewhat opposed.
Discussion: YID With LID and RedState
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